No matter how many creams, serums, cleansers, and masks you turn to for healthy, glowing, acne-free skin, there's one element to your skincare routine that you might be forgetting. The pillowcase you sleep on each night could be contributing to a specific kind of breakout called "acne mechanica." New York City dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, explains to Allure that this type of breakout is the result of materials coming in contact with your face. In other words, lying face first on your pillowcase each night could be affecting the appearance of your skin and your chances of developing this type of acne increase when you don't wash your pillowcase frequently. "[You] risk buildup of hair product residue, dirt, makeup residue, dead skin cells, oil, and anything else from the environment that could have come in contact to transfer to your skin," according to Engelman.
Because washing a pillowcase every day isn't exactly realistic, the company Déjà developed a pillowcase with "pages" for eight nights of clean sleep. Instead of silk material or antimicrobial fabrics, the design allows you to turn over a new layer of 100%-cotton fabric each night and tie back used sheets with a ribbon. After you've used all eight sheets, throw the pillowcase in the washer for another week of bacteria-free slumber. Curious to see how a pillow can affect your skin? Shop the ingenious pillowcase below and head to Allure for the full story.